Vanessa Guillén, a U.S. Army soldier, was reported missing on April 23, 2020 from Fort Hood, Texas where she was stationed with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Guillén's disappearance began to obtain national attention in June. Vanessa Guillén was 20 years old, from Houston, Texas. Spc Guillén was sexually harassed by an NCO (non-commissioned officer), she was vocal about this to her family and afraid to report the harassment. We want to help support survivors of sexual harassment and assault in the military and donate all proceeds of this event in Spc Vanessa Guillén's name. There needs to be change in how the military handles sexual harassment and assault, we need to stand up for individuals like Spc Guillén and demand change. We want to be able to support survivors, and give them an outlet to come together and know they are not alone.
100% of the donations made at this event will be donated to Protect our Defenders
20 minute AMRAP (as many rounds/reps as possible) With a vest (20/14) 400 meter run 22 burpees to plate 9 lunges (each leg) 30 ground to overhead with plate (45/25) 99 air squats
20 minute AMRAP- Vanessa Guillén's age 400m run- (04/ April) the month Vanessa Guillén passed away 22 burpees to plate- the day she passed away 9 lunges- Vanessa Guillén's birthday month 30 G2O- her birth day 99 air squats- her birth year
Supporting Survivors with Fitness
I am a survivor of sexual assault, I also served in the Texas Army National Guard for 6 years and dealt with harassment while enlisted. I was first sexually assaulted when I was 18, I was always angry and became increasingly dependent on alcohol. I then enlisted into the military and unfortunately had dealt with sexual harassment while in FT. Lee, Virginia. When I came back home from my training in Virginia, and was back home for a couple years, I met a lot of new friends. I was then sexually assaulted for the second time, this time by someone I considered a friend. Luckily before my second assault a good friend of mine had introduced me to CrossFit and it changed my life for the better. Thanks to fitness I was able to have an outlet and become comfortable in my own skin again and no longer need alcohol as a way of escaping. I was able to speak about my second assault and bring awareness to others. Fitness helped me overcome and fight for myself, I am not a victim, I am a survivor.
I wanted to create this event in order to help other sexual assault/ harassment survivors, like Vanessa Guillén and myself find an outlet and know they are not alone.